Thunder Ridge Varsity Softball Heads to State

Emily Jones, Staff Writer

Thunder Ridge varsity softball qualified for state by placing second in 5A districts. They went 8-4 in their conference and 3-2 in districts. At state, Thunder played Coeur d’Alene and lost 5-4, and then played Capital and lost 6-1. They battled hard at state and came close, but unfortunately lost. 

In the game against Coeur d’Alene, Thunder came out hitting and scored 3 points in the top of the first. Ashlynn Lott and Kalian Scorsebey were walked, Ashlynn stole home and Kalian was hit in by Emily Jones. Thunder scored again in the 4th inning from Ashlynn getting walked again and getting hit in by Trynly Haack.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, Coeur d’Alene fought back and scored 4 leaving the game tied. They went into extra innings and Thunder lost 5-4 with a walk-off hit. Kalian Scorsebey pitched a great game, only walking 3 and striking out 9. Highlights of the game were big hits by Trynly Haack, Nykysa Wright, and Emily Jones. Then a tag out by Trynly Haack and Ashlynn Lott. 

Trynly Haack, a senior at TRHS and four-year varsity player spoke very highly of her team. “I’m so grateful to have made it to state and play with these girls in the most games. I couldn’t have asked for a better season and done it without them.”  

Thunder played Capital immediately after their loss against Coeur d’Alene. The Titans had a hard time starting the game but they came alive in the top of the 3rd inning. Thunder only had one run scored by Ashlynn Lott, there were 2 hits in the game but no runs were scored. Lott only scored due to being walked and stealing the bases. Thunder lost the game 6-1 and with their second loss in the tournament that was their last game of the season.